December 2019

Fender

ARTICLES

Billy Strings: The Long Road Home

November 12, 2019
On his second solo album, flatpicking wunderkind Billy Strings continues to push boundaries, bend genres, and blaze on his amplified flattop—all while on a journey of self-discovery.
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Rig Rundown: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit [2019]

November 6, 2019
Bursts, Benders, and Js, oh my! A pioneer of the new Nashville sound spends a whopping 90 minutes showing off the gear his crew has amassed since our last get-together.
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Blackwater Holylight’s Mad Scientists on the Loose

November 5, 2019
The metal-doom-psych-a-holic Sunny Faris and Laura Hopkins pursue their disparate influences in the moody, textured new Veils of Winter.
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Silver and Black: Tips for Buying Vintage Fender Amps

November 5, 2019
The literal ins and outs of getting the right amp at the right price.
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Fender Unveils American Ultra Series

November 5, 2019
New updates include sleek body contours, new Noiseless pickups, a redesigned preamp, and more.
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Rig Rundown: Bad Religion

October 23, 2019
What’s more punk rock than dueling, angry P-90s straight into classic Marshalls? Nothing!
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Rig Rundown: Samantha Fish [2019]

October 16, 2019
The rising blues guitar star demos her No. 1 SG with her expanded pedalboard, and goes deep with her workhorse Jaguars, Stogie Blues cigar box, Delaney 512, Taylor acoustic, and Category 5 amps.
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First Look: Fender Vintera ’50s, ’60s & ’70s Telecasters

October 14, 2019
Explore the subtle to significant differences among the company’s three new vintage-spec, mid-priced solidbodies.
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How Mikael Åkerfeldt Made Opeth’s New Album: “Big, Pompous, and Epic”

October 8, 2019
The outspoken frontman pushes the muse—moving his band’s sound beyond metal by blending vintage and cutting-edge instruments and sounds on their 13th studio album, In Cauda Venenum.
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First Look: Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb

October 7, 2019
Classic "American" amp tones in a butt-simple modeling amp? You bet—and it sheds 15 pounds in the process!
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Love and Sockets: The Dharma of Producer Dave Cobb’s Dumble Ultra-Phonix

October 6, 2019
A much-recorded, highly coveted amp that speaks the language of legendary tone.
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Fender Downtown Express Review

September 22, 2019
Three of the most useful tone tools for bassists in a tidy, variable-XLR-equipped box.
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Fender and Andy Summers Collaborate on Monochrome Strat Set

September 18, 2019
This Strat is custom-wrapped with a collage of monochrome photos taken by Summers with his Leica M cameras.
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Rig Rundown: As Cities Burn's Cody Bonnette

September 18, 2019
The founding guitarist shows how he breaks the post-hardcore mold with single-coils, old-school amps, and extreme stereo effects.
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Rig Rundown: Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

September 11, 2019
The 20-year-old blues phenom shares his straight-ahead approach to fiery blues-rock tones.
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Micah Nelson: Tone Questing

September 5, 2019
Seasoned by playing with legends since he was a toddler, Willie Nelson’s youngest son is using alternate guitar tunings, experimental soundscapes, and a minimalist mindset to forge an inventive musical path with his solo project, Particle Kid.
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Fender Releases Britt Daniel Artist Signature Tele Thinline

September 5, 2019
The Spoon frontman's namesake model features Fender Custom Shop pickups and an S-1 switch.
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Rig Rundown: Baroness [2019]

September 4, 2019
Frontman John Baizley and former Cirque du Soleil shredder Gina Gleason explain the atmospheric metal outfit’s switch to single-coils—and how a fuzz pedal first brought them together.
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Fender Jimmy Page Mirror Telecaster Review

September 3, 2019
Pagey’s Yardbirds- and Led Zeppelin-era axe is a fountain of endless inspiration.
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Silver and Black: Simple Tube Tricks for Beginners

September 2, 2019
Need more headroom or gain? Spin the bottles.
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